This month we introduce you to Eric Kovich, Senior Director, Health Safety Security Environmental at Buckeye Partners, L.P., one of the members who helps make our network so unique.
Why did you join NAEM?
To engage with fellow HSSE leaders by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and new ideas with the ultimate goal of increasing the overall value we collectively bring to each of our organizations.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on HSSE program, process and system improvements to drive organizational alignment across multiple business units, new asset integration, acquisition due diligence.
What do you like about your job?
Each day represents a new challenge; there is never a dull moment.
Has your environmental program received any awards or recognition? If so, what?
Yes, we have received the Safety Excellence Award from the International Liquid Terminal Association (ILTA) for four consecutive years.
What is your biggest challenge in your current role?
Driving consistency in programs, processes and procedures within a growing company.
What advice do you have for someone entering the field today?
HSSE professionals are in high demand and offer a skill set that translates across all industries. I recommend looking for opportunities to gain experience at both the facility-level, as well as the corporate-level, to gain a well-rounded perspective that can allow you to provide the most value at any level within your organization.
What are the three words your spouse/colleagues/best friends would use to describe you?
Dedicated, hard-working, family-oriented.
What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?
There are many, but I would say that I have always been most fascinated by the ocean: its powerful energy and the diversity of the underwater life.
What do you like to do during your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, two children and the family dog (our third child, really). We enjoy hiking, swimming, and we’re really looking forward to a vacation in the Caribbean a bit later this year. Fishing is a favorite hobby and what I’d really enjoy doing for a living when I “grow up”.